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ARTICLE: RADIO

John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

Read "John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic The MONK: Live at ...

Nick Finzer: No Arrival

Read "No Arrival" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To say a musician has arrived is to create the ultimate paradox. For in that notion is the suggestion of reaching the upper echelon in the art form, but also an indication of the end of a journey and the start of stagnation. With the true seeker and master musician, there is no arrival; there's merely ...

Jorn Swart: Malnoia

Read "Malnoia" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Questo Malnoia è un lavoro singolare sin dalla composizione biografica dei suoi tre componenti, tutti presenti sulla scena newyorchese ma per due terzi di provenienza euroepa -olandese Jorn Swart, tedesco Benjamin Gutzeit -mentre l'ultimo membro, Lucas Pino, viene dall'Arizona. Ma ancor più singolare è il fatto che accanto al pianoforte del leader si trovino la viola ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lucas Pino No Net Nonet: The Answer Is No

Read "The Answer Is No" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With one well-received album under its belt, composer / tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino's well-groomed New York City-based No Net Nonet is back for a second go-round, The Answer Is No. For the benefit of curious souls who wonder what question may have inspired the reply, it is, we are told, Pino's answer “to a world inundating ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

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This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona.

Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In questo terzo disco da leader Nick Finzer conferma l'organico e i partner presenti nei primi due: Exposition (Outside in Music, 2013) e The Chase (Origin Records, 2015). Non ancora trentenne, il trombonista di Rochester (N.Y.) s'è imposto tra i migliori strumentisti della sua generazione per la tecnica brillante, la bellezza del timbro e il rispetto ...

Jorn Swart: Malnoia

Read "Malnoia" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The debut from Dutch pianist Jorn Swart--A Day In The Life Of Boriz (Mainland Records, 2013)--presented music with an eccentric tilt crafted by a fairly conventional quartet. This sophomore date continues along an offbeat path, delivering an incredibly absorbing collection of curious curios, but it does so with a less-than-conventional instrumental line-up in place.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Esordio discografico per il ventinovenne newyorchese Christopher Zuar, nato trombettista ma ormai dedito alla composizione e all'arrangiamento, che infatti pratica in questo lavoro che lo vede alla direzione di un'orchestra di diciassette elementi, che arrivano a diciannove in alcune tracce con l'ingresso di percussioni e voce.

Il lavoro è tutto sommato convenzionale, tipico di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based trombonist Nick Finzer has benefited from mentorships under trombone masters Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre; but his third CD release, Hear And Now also brings the original trombones master, J.J. Johnson to mind. One of Johnson's last CDs, the minor masterpiece, Heroes (Verve Records, 1995), featured a sextet configuration with an enormously-talented pianist, Rene ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il Meglio del 2016 Secondo Ludovico Granvassu

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Che anno! La musica di alta qualità continua ad arrivare inarrestabile. La preparazione di questa lista è stata quasi dolorosa per la scelta crudele di limitare il numero dei CD a 12 e quello dei concerti a 10. Ma tant'è. Questi saranno CD e concerti che rimarranno per me indelebilmente legati al 2016, con una menzione ...